As promised, we’re going to take a look at Jorge Bergoglio’s latest textual assault on the Catholic faith via the Apostolic Exhortation (so-called) Christus Vivit. Given that the document weighs-in at over 32,000 words, we’ll do so over the course of several posts, beginning with parts of Chapters I and II.
The outstanding characteristics of the first two chapters are simple enough: Flawed Christology and tortured Biblical exegesis.
As mentioned many times in this space over the last six years, the Bergoglian “Jesus” is #FAKE – a false god fashioned in the image and likeness of sinful men with earthbound aspirations in service to a humanist mission. In that sense, Christus Vivit is true to form.
“Francis” (Jorge Bergoglio’s nom de plume) begins by citing Scripture passages highlighting a number of “young” persons that have played a role in salvation history; e.g., Joseph, Samuel, Saul, David, etc.
Apparently, some Bergoglian flunky with an internet connection was charged with doing a Biblical word search for “youth” and “young,” the hit list of which was provided to Francis, who in turn abused the citations in order to make it appear as if his ramblings are based in the Word of God.
After listing these Biblical young persons, readers are treated to the following gem:
Jesus, himself eternally young, wants to give us hearts that are ever young. (Art. 13)
Unwilling to preach Christ the King of kings and Lord of Lords, here we find Bergoglio engaging in a pathetic attempt to patronize his primary audience, so-called “youth,” as if to say: Hey, dude, don’t ya know, Jesus is a young guy too!
Contrast this gratuitous Bergoglian nonsense with St. John’s description of Our Lord:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.(John 1:1-3)
Or how about Our Lord’s own words: “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Apoc. 22:13)
So much for “eternally young.” The bigger problem, however, is that in speaking of Our Lord in such casual, ordinary terms, Bergoglio, as he is prone to doing, diminishes His sacred divinity. Elsewhere he states:
At one point in the Gospel he [Jesus] is called “the carpenter’s son” (Mt 13:55) and another time simply “the carpenter” (Mk 6:3). This detail shows that he was just another young person of his town, who related normally to others. No one regarded him as unusual or set apart from others.
Yes, you read that correctly, Jesus was just another young person of his town. Truly, folks, this is what Bergoglio honestly believes of his “Jesus.” Let us, however, be equally as clear – this is not Jesus Christ Our Lord and Our Savior, it is a #FAKE “Jesus;” a false humanistic god that by all measures is merely a man.
That Jorge’s god is not Our Blessed Lord becomes all the more evident as he goes on to state:
Jesus’ baptism was not like our own, which introduces us to the life of grace, but a consecration prior to his embarking on the great mission of his life. (Art. 25)
Jesus was consecrated by John in the Jordan? Consider the following from the Catholic Encyclopedia:
Consecration, in general, is an act by which a thing is separated from a common and profane to a sacred use, or by which a person or thing is dedicated to the service and worship of God by prayers, rites, and ceremonies. The custom of consecrating persons to the Divine service and things to serve in the worship of God may be traced to the remotest times.
So, are we to believe that Jesus – prior to submitting to Baptism at the hands of John in the Jordan – was not yet set apart for the service and worship of God? Jorge Bergoglio obviously does, and this in spite of the words that Our Lord spoke, at the age of twelve, to the Blessed Mother upon His finding in the temple, “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?”
Sure sounds to me as if He was “set apart” for a sacred purpose well before His Baptism. If we are to see anything as a “consecration” of Jesus in His sacred humanity it would have to be the Presentation in the Temple at the hands of Our Lady and St. Joseph who placed the child Jesus in the arms of Simeon.
Oddly enough, these very words of the twelve year old Christ are cited just a few articles later in Christus Vivit (Art. 28), which tells us that they are, for the likes of Bergoglio & Co., just words to use at one’s pleasure and not the substance of faith.
At issue here, as I have written in the past (see HERE), is the reality that Jorge Bergoglio doubts that Jesus Christ is God. According to him:
The Gospel says that at his baptism the Father rejoiced and was well pleased: “You are my beloved Son” (Lk 3:22). Jesus immediately appeared filled with the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the desert.
This same verse from the Gospel according to St. Luke (v. 22) states, “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape, as a dove upon Him…”
Does Francis believe that this took place for our sake; that we might come to know that Jesus was always and everywhere “filled with the Holy Spirit” by virtue of the hypostatic union? This is sure Catholic doctrine, but based upon what has been said thus far, it would seem that he does not believe this.
He goes on to say, “For him [Jesus] age did not establish privileges…” (Art. 14)
Does Francis believe that Jesus, in His sacred divinity, is the Law Giver who demands that we should “Honor thy mother and thy father”? I doubt that he does, but you decide.
At this, let’s take a closer look at some more of the tortured Biblical exegesis on display in Christus Vivat whereby Francis twists the words of Sacred Scripture to make whatever point he wishes to make; another Bergoglian pastime. He writes in Art. 32:
Yet at the empty tomb, we see another young person, “dressed in a white tunic” (16:5), who tells the women not to be afraid and proclaims the joy of the resurrection (cf. 16:6-7).
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t it understood that the “young man … clothed with a white robe” mentioned in Mark 16:5 is an angel? Jorge, however, would have us imagine that he was the ancient equivalent of some smartass delinquent teenager loitering on a street corner while scrolling through Facebook on his iPhone.
If that’s not embarrassing enough…
Saint Paul invites us to strip ourselves of the “old self” and to put on a “young” self (Col 3:9.10). … In a word, true youth means having a heart capable of loving, whereas everything that separates us from others makes the soul grow old.
The footnote reads: “The Greek word usually translated ‘new’ can also mean ‘young.’”
How scholarly! Even a dyed in the wool proof-texting Protestant would have to scoff at this garbage. But if you think that’s bad, get this…
Among those Biblical “youth” listed by Francis is Gideon, in whom he claims “we see the frankness of young people, who are not used to sugar-coating reality.” (Art. 7)
Hear that young people? Tell it like it is! How inspiring!
One small problem, however, Sacred Scripture gives us no indication that Gideon is young; in fact, the opposite is true. In speaking of Gideon, Francis is referring to the scene described in the Bible wherein we are told, “The angel of the Lord appeared to [Gideon], and said: The Lord is with thee, O most valiant of men” (Judges 6:12).
Most valiant of men? Hmmm… doesn’t sound like he’s all that young to me. But wait, there’s more. Just a few chapters later, we read:
And he [Gideon] said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth. (Judges 8:20)
So, the supposedly “young” Gideon had a son who was old enough to slay his enemies by the sword. Hmmm… But wait, there’s even more!
Some verses later, we discover that Gideon died “in a good old age” after a judgeship of forty years (cf. Judges 8:28,32). So, how old was Gideon when he died; i.e., what might be considered a “good old age” in Biblical terms?
For context, we are told in Judges 2:8, “And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being a hundred and ten years old.” By this measure, if Gideon died at the age of 100, he would have been roughly sixty years of age when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him!
This is what Bergoglio is passing off as “the word of God” speaking “of young people and of how the Lord draws near to encounter them.”
There is more to say about these opening chapters of Christus Vivit, but in the interest of space (and our sanity), we’ll stop here for now.
And what have we discovered thus far? Well, for me, nothing new, just reconfirmation of that which was already quite obvious:
Everything about the “so-called pontificate of Francis” (to quote Fr. Nicholas Gruner yet again) has an air of #FAKERY about it; a #FAKE “Jesus,” #FAKE Biblical exegesis, #FAKE Apostolic Exhortations, and all of it coming from a #FAKE Catholic who has much of the world convinced that he is “pope.”